Gotspeech Guy in Houston

Yeah, that’s right. I’m on the road again. I’ll be teaching an OCS 2007 Speech Server class in Houston (actually just north of there in the Conroe area). I’ll be there through Friday so if anyone is interested in meeting up with the “Gotspeech guy” and talking about Speech Server then shoot me a private email.

The next week I’ll be back in Columbia SC. It seems that I’m living on the road a lot these days. I’m getting too old for this but it is nice to see so much interest in Speech Server.

OCS 2007 Speech Server eLearning

Here at GotSpeech.Net we are continually striving to be your best resource for everything related to Speech Server. Way back in April of last year we brought you the Speech Server Jumpstart Training and now as we build on our reputation we are excited to host for you Microsoft’s OCS 2007 Speech Server eLearning.

This Microsoft training is based on Microsoft Silverlight and it is brimming with interactive content. 

There are two main components in this training:
1) eLearning modules with clear interactive texts, animations and videos, explaining every aspect there is to know about developing Speech Server applications and their deployment. You can start or stop with the content at any time, watch the videos, go full screen and even get a printer friendly version of the content. So feel free to click on things or just hover the mouse over items to see what happens.

2) Lab exercises for the modules that are aimed at getting hands-on experience developing on Speech Server. These lab assignments are designed to run inside a Speech Server (2007) Virtual PC/Virtual Server hard drive image that should become available on in the coming months (together with Virtual Hard Drives of all other OCS server roles). We will of course post it here as soon as the image becomes available! But in the mean time I will see how I can extract those labs and make them available as separate downloads that can be run together with Visual Studio 2005 and the Speech Server (2007) Developer Edition.

Every module concludes with an interactive Self Test (it even keeps score for you) all designed to teach you all you need to know to get started with Speech Server..

So if you are not sure how to develop a concept grammar? Just click on the “Building Concept Grammars” link then set back and watch as the instructor takes you step-by-step through how to create one in Visual Studio.

Not sure how to setup a supervised transfer? Now you can find out how to do it by selecting the “Performing a Supervised Transfer” menu item and then clicking on the different blocks in the module. Want to see the code?  All you have to do is click the “Code Example” tab.

Among other things you will find modules covering form filling dialogs, creating custom activities, controlling calls and even how to tune your application after it goes live. In fact this material covers pretty much everything you need to know to get started with Speech Server.

All this content is licensed to me by Microsoft so all you can enjoy this online experience free of cost, and we can build a strong developer community. Please let me know if you have any corrections or suggestions on how to improve the content and I will look for ways how to expand on this awesome start.

Please follow the link and start your learning experience now.

As always I welcome your feedback and comments.


OCS 2007 Planning Tool

I know some of you are struggling to figure out server roles, the amount of capacity,  the topology and other specifics of how to install OCS 2007 in your enterprise. Well hang in there a little longer because help is on the way.

For the last month or so I’ve been playing with a new Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Planning Tool. It is a limited beta (or maybe it’s technically a pre-beta) but the tool has been awesome. It provides links to the the proper technical documents from TechNet along with links to the OCS Homepage, downloads and FAQ.

To use the tool you simply answer a series of question about the number of users in your organization, your archiving needs, whether or not you want federation or outside access and if you have multiple sites. It also wants to know if you will be doing things like on-premise web conferencing or enterprise voice as well as the number of calls per hour. Once you have answered all of the questions it give you a  list of needed equipment along with a topology map to get you started. It will also link you to the necessary documents to implement your plan.

This screen shot below will give you an idea of what the results look like.


Note: The interface and features may change before the tool is released.